Mercedes have revealed that they did not spend any upgrade tokens for their 2021 Formula 1 car.

Mercedes proved to be a dominant force in F1 once again with the 8th consecutive Constructors’ Championship win. The W12 car was quick the whole season, especially in final races.

However, the biggest mystery regarding the car was whether it had been upgraded. The teams had to use their 2020 chassis to prevent any financial issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, they were allowed to make some changes by using two upgrade tokens.

Mercedes refused to reveal what areas they had changed ahead of the season start. Months later, the Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott confirmed that they in fact did not use the tokens.

Some circumstances forced Mercedes to make such a decision. Originally, the Silver Arrows wanted to change the nose but then switched their focus to gearbox after the FIA’s decision to reduce downforce following the 2020 British GP. However, it was no longer possible to make changes in that area.

Mercedes decided not to change the nose once again after the 2021 pre-season testing, where they struggled a lot because of the downforce cut.

“For us, I don’t think we actually ended up spending the tokens,” Elliott said.

“We had ideas of things we wanted to do around the front of the car. The reality was we had ideas of stuff we wanted to do, but they didn’t come to fruition in the end.”

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